Karen Barkey: Religious Pluralism and Shared Sacred Sites
October 8, 2013, noon, Lane History Corner, Room 307 (450 Serra Mall, map)
Eurasian Empires Workshop:
Karen Barkey (Columbia University), “Religious Pluralism and Shared Sacred Sites: A Legacy of the Ottoman Empire”
Karen Barkey is Professor of Sociology and History, and Director of the Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life at Columbia University. She received her M.A. from the University of Washington and her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Her research interests include state centralization/decentralization, state control and social movements against states in the context of empires. She is the author of three books and many articles, focusing on the comparisons between Ottoman, Habsburg and Roman empires. Among her works are Bandits and Bureaucrats: The Ottoman Route to State Centralization, After Empire: Multi-ethnic Societies and Nation-Building, the Soviet Union and the Russian, Ottoman, and Habsburg Empires, and Empire of Difference: The Ottomans in Comparative Perspective. Her lecture is co-sponsored by the Department of History, the Mediterranean Studies Forum, and the Stanford Humanities Center.